The ‘dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again…’

The ‘dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again…’

Sir Winston Churchill, February 16, 1922:

“The whole map of Europe has been changed … but as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again.” Read more

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DevoBudget: Devo needs budget – and democratic – boost

DevoBudget: Devo needs budget – and democratic – boost

Today’s guest DevoIntelligence blog comes from Dr Peter Kenway, director and co-founder of independent think tank New Policy Institute which focuses on local government finance, taxes and poverty.

Devolution cannot escape its context. If it had followed on the heels of the 2007 Lyons Inquiry, devolution would have been taking place at a time when the share of UK economic resources deployed by local government was approaching a post-1945 high. Read more

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My first trip to London and it’s off to Parliament

My first trip to London and it’s off to Parliament

Connect are proud to provide the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs. Chloe Magee has written a fantastic blog for the Young Women’s Trust on her experience of the last group meeting. Follow Chloe on @ChloeMagee and the Young Women’s Trust on @YWTrust.

Read Chloe’s blog on the Young Women’s Trust website.

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Nice To be ‘The Client’ For Once – Especially When We’re Voted Client of the Year!

Nice To be ‘The Client’ For Once – Especially When We’re Voted Client of the Year!

Last year was one hell of a year for Pimlico Plumbers, sales went through the roof, our political agenda on the apprenticeship front took some important steps and in amongst all that I managed to finally write the book – Bog Standard Business – which I’ve been threatening to do for years. Read more

Charlie Mullins OBE, Pimlico Plumbers
Guest blog – Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Metropolitan launch independence project

Guest blog – Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Metropolitan launch independence project

At Metropolitan we manage over 38,000 affordable homes, alongside a range of care and support services. We are a leading integrated housing and care provider and in total we serve over 80,000 customers across London, the East of England and the East Midlands. We manage homes for social housing residents, sheltered and supported homes, mental health and other care and support services. We also deliver neighbourhood investment programmes to improve the communities that we work in. Read more

Carl Quilliam, Public Affairs Executive, Metropolitan